Steak with parsley mustard sauce

{new recipe} Steak with parsley mustard sauce

Some days, I really, really just want dinner in a hurry.

And I don’t want dinner out of a box. (No offense, gluten-free macaroni and cheese, you’re just not an option every day.)

I actually don’t keep food in a box in my apartment. It forces me to make real food. One of my best tricks? Steak dinner in 15 minutes.

Seriously good food with steak, parsley and some pantry ingredients. This dish…

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Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.


44: Even the darkest night will end

44: Even the darkest night will end

Life has been utter chaos. I moved in to my new apartment and I just started getting settled – I mean, I even bought a pretty spoon rest for the stove. My cookbooks are arranged in color order. My work at work creeps into my nights. And the CRPS took a turn for the worse.


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Charred Tomatillo & Jalapeno Hot Sauce

{new recipe} Charred Tomatillo & Jalapeno with Hot Sauce with Parsley & Mint

charred tomatillo hot sauce with parsley | a gluten-free recipe from frannycakes.comFlavor of the Month for July 2014: Parsley. Parsley doesn’t get as much love as it should. It is a versatile herb with a fresh taste and peppery bite. It is definitely more than just a garnish, and this month we are exploring ways to help this herb live up to its potential.

I have to credit my best friend from college with helping me out of my mild-spice comfort zone. There might have been an…

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Relish 18: Tastes like summer

Relish 18: Tastes like summer

relish 18 | june 2014 | frannycakes picks gluten-free treats

Relish is a compendium of things to enjoy greatly and that add a little flavor to your gluten-free life. And it is fresh, sunny and a tropical treat.

Well, I am mostly moved in now. I still have some stuff at my parents’ house and a living room with no where near enough furniture, but I am getting there. My dining room is all set and I have been cooking and baking up a storm in my new kitchen. (

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Minted Mushy Peas

{new recipe} Minted Mushy Peas

My roommate, Helen, doesn’t much like mushy peas. In fact, there is this lovely pub in our neighborhood that offers them as a side, and she regularly tells me what a terrible choice ordering them is.

Minted Mushy Peas on Gluten-Free Toast

But I love them. I don’t know if it is the severe lack of mushy peas that I had growing up, or the fact that they have a distinct flavor of summer, but it was love at first bite.

And then I put them…

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Twenty-nine plus one

{new post} Some thoughts about my recent aging

FrannyCakes is 30

The Big Three-Oh

Oh, hey there birthday. So glad you made it on time this year. You know, in time to make it past a milestone date, even if I am not sure that I feel this old.

It has taken me a few days to process this. This being older thing. The whole age starting with a 3 thing.

Really. Most days I am certain that I am still 25. And then I have more than one glass of wine in a night, and I…

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Creamy Chickpea Salad

{new recipe} Creamy Chickpea Salad

Summer Creamy Chickpea Salad | from FrannyCakes | Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian

They made a reality show about summer in Chicago for Bravo last year. The show might have been so terrible that even I couldn’t watch it. Just about the only part they got right was that summer is magic. And that we really only get 100 days of it.

I moved into the city proper just as the city was coming alive for the season, and I have already seen just how bonkers fun it is going to be.


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Guest Post - Jane

Guest Post – Jane

This is a guest post from Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook to keep things here interesting while I await the arrival of my kitchen utensils in my new apartment.

Asparagus Tomato Mozzarella Salad by Jane Bonacci on FrannyCakes

When my friend Mary Fran put out the word that she needed some help with guest posts for her blog, I immediately raised my hand. Mary Fran and I met last year in Austin during BlogHer Food. Always upbeat with a smile on her face, I had an…

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